George Floyd protests: Tom Holland's 'white privilege' slammed for staying silent on Black Lives Matter
The 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' star drew the ire of fans on social media on his birthday for not using his 'huge platform' to speak up about Black Lives Matter and George Floyd's death
Pandemics, cyclones, and riots -- our world is facing truly unprecedented times. In the midst of all the chaos and turbulence, people are demanding more from their role models, expecting them to speak up on these pressing issues. On the occasion of Tom Holland's birthday on Monday, June 1, while many flooded social media with good wishes and called him the best Spider-Man they've ever had, others called him out for not speaking out about the protests erupting in the US following the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African-American man died last week after a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Police officer Derek Chauvin was fired after video footage showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Chauvin was later charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on May 29.
Fans are perplexed why Holland hasn't yet spoken about #BlackLivesMatter movement. Where are the superheroes when you need them, they ask. A user wrote, "He should be doing more. His white privilege is showing. Loud and clear," while another commented, "Tom holland is a white celebrity who’s barely speaking up, F**K him and his white a**, no one gives a f**k about his feelings, PEOPLE ARE DYING." A disappointed fan wrote, "Its really disappointing that you haven’t spoken out at all. please use your huge platform to share this and more."
"I will never forgive you. f**k you and your birthday," wrote an angry fan. "Not cancelling tom holland but he has always been proud of his white privelige & insensitive towards poc. his silence about blm isn’t surprising to me. oh he turned 24 today btw," another user wrote. Meanwhile, other fans said that there was no point hating on him. "Do you think hating on him is gonna help and on his birthday? Maybe instead of using Twitter as a place to channel your anger use it for good show people they can help, where to donate, what to sign. Hating jusmakes everything 10 times worst," a fan tweeted. Others requested him in milder terms to use his celebrity power and spread awareness. "Tom holland post some links,, use your platform to spread awareness," a fan wrote.
Even though Holland hasn't yet spoken about the incident, other celebrities like Chris Evans, Grant Gustin and Mark Ruffalo have been vocal about their opinions on social media and are demanding action from the government.